Advanced Photoshop Compositing: Mastering Light & Color with Stock Images


Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of compositing! Discover the art of seamlessly blending a person into a brand new background. Unveil some awesome techniques such as shadow blending and color matching that will take your final creation to a whole new level of realism.


  • 7 Sample Images
  • 1 Sample PSD
  • 1 Photoshop Brush


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 | Course Preview
  • 01 - What You'll Learn
Chapter 2 | Creating the Composite
  • 01 - Compositing Essentials Unveiled
  • 02 - Mastering Subject Integration
  • 03 - Crafting the Perfect Reflection
  • 04 - Refining Layers
  • 05 - Captivating Light Effects
  • 06 - Magical Northern Lights
  • 07 - Adding the Final Touches

Compositing Magic Unleashed



Advanced Compositing in Photoshop

Compositing is what we do best, and we’re here to help you unlock the full potential of this technique to create extraordinary visuals. Discover the art of seamlessly blending multiple images into a surreal and captivating composition using Photoshop.

Expand your Skillset

Master essential tools like Levels, Clipping Masks, Smart Objects, and Custom Photoshop Brushes to develop a seamless workflow for combining multiple images. Gain precise control over the elements you’re compositing and elevate your images to the next level.

Use Stock Images

Don’t let the complexity of compositing hinder your progress, especially when it comes to finding the right images for your creation. Our tutorial includes all the necessary images, saving you valuable time and effort.



Complete PSD File

We don’t just show you how to create this stunning image, we include our own completed PSD file for you to explore and reverse-engineer. See how a pro organizes and structures a project to be able to work quickly and non-destructively.

Photoshop Brush

Using brushes in Photoshop is essential for adding artistic touches, creating unique effects, and enhancing your digital artwork. This course includes our custom Photoshop Brush for you to use and keep forever!

Compositing Learning Path

To comfortably navigate through this course, it’s necessary to have some familiarity with Photoshop and experience in compositing. If you’re new to compositing, we recommend exploring our Compositing Learning Path—a curated selection of our top-notch compositing courses that will guide you from beginner to expert. Follow this link to access the Compositing Learning Path.

Put Your Imagination to Work

Seven Photos, One Masterpiece

Join us in creating an awe-inspiring scene by blending seven stunning free stock images into a seamless and visually striking composite!



Perfect Color Match

Craft a convincing composite image by flawlessly matching colors. Dive into the world of adjusting colors separately for shadows, mid-tones, and highlights to achieve an authentic and vibrant color blend that brings your composition to life.

The Power of Artificial Intelligence

With AI-powered tools, you can now achieve precise and accurate selections with just a few clicks, saving you valuable time and effort. Say goodbye to tedious manual selection techniques and embrace the convenience of AI for seamless subject extraction in Photoshop.

Sky Replacement

Learn how to easily swap out the sky in your images with a different sky from another photograph. Discover techniques and tools that enable you to smoothly integrate a new sky, effortlessly transforming the mood and atmosphere of your photos.



Texture Integration

Creating textures plays a vital role when blending multiple images in Photoshop. Textures add depth, realism, and cohesion to the final composite, helping to seamlessly integrate various elements.

Efficient Workflow

With almost 15 years of experience under his belt, Aaron Nace has mastered a smooth and efficient compositing workflow. Get ready to learn how to work smart, solve creative challenges, and make the most of various tools to nail your compositing projects.

Mastering Photo Compositing

Once you finish this course, try one of our other advanced compositing courses like Advanced Compositing with Stock Photos and Advanced Compositing with Stock Photos 2!

Aaron Nace

PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor

Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.

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Special thanks to Eberhard Grossgasteiger, Joshimer Biñas, Stephan Seeber, Tobias Bjørkli, and Zayceva Tatiana. Images for this PRO course were sourced from Pexels.


  1. Yet another tremendous and detailed tutorial Aaron and a beautiful piece of art! I love the attention to detail in your compositing tutorials and how fairly random images come together to make something unique and special. The only thing that I wonder about is the reflection. It’s really well done but to my eyes it’s not totally believable because it appears too bright relative to the subject. What do you think? Thanks again!

  2. I really enjoyed this tutorial, and I got a tremendous amount out of it. I don’t do much in the way of compositing yet, but in this tutorial I was introduced to numerous Photoshop techniques that I can use in all my photo work.

  3. As always you have given us some wonderful techniques Aaron. Having gone over the individual tools many times, I find these composite exercises a very satisfying way of putting it all together.

  4. .. Love learning new things on photoshop with phlearn .Aaron make the class so fun and the project so inspiring. Really enjoying this one .thank you Aaron .Bx

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